I saw a plant growing in a xeriscape area around early September, that had
very pretty white trumpet shaped flowers that were about 6" long! They were
stunning. The plant also had large irregularly shaped leaves. It was in
northwest Denver. I'm not sure if it was a annual or perennial but it sort of
seemed like a perennial. It was a maybe 3' tall bush.
Does anyone know what it may have been?
Do a search on datura inoxia. It's a perennial that grows easily from
seed so acts as an annual in northern areas.
Flowers open at night and only last a day or so, very heavy frangrance.
Known as moonflower (plant, not vine).
Each individual flower only lasts a day or two. They don't really
reclose once they open, so are still open during the day. The bush
itself blooms forever once it starts.
The buds look like wrapped satin curtains, you can almost watch them
unfurl when they start opening.
Jimson Weed is the wild version, it is a smaller plant with smaller
flowers. Cultivated daturas are larger and bloom like crazy. Each
individual flower only lasts a day or two, but the bush is full of
flowers for a long time.
Datura inoxia, Datura wrightii, or Brugmansia. I haven't found them to be "very
"xeric" and are very heavy feeders. I keep my brugmansia's in huge tubs and
during the growing season I fertilize them twice a week. They need water daily
in Texas, so not very xeric for me, here.
There is a big difference between Datura and Brugmansia. Datura grows wild here
in Colorado out on the plains with no supplemental water or fertilization. It
is a feature in the xeriscape prairie garden at Denver Botanical Gardens where
it also receives no supplemental water or feeding and seems to thrive, even in
On 27 Oct 2003 15:37:47 GMT, email@example.com (Sed5555) opined:
I've been growing and collecting datura and brugmansia for a decade. D.inoxia,
D.wrightii are not xeric, they are also not native. D.stramonium is xeric and
native, but it does not have the showy flowers lf .Wrightii and .inoxia.
Brugmansia are native to the Andes.
I think I know.
Are the flowers smaller or just less prolific? [or did I misidentify
what I thought was D.stramonium?]
It's been a few years, but I thought the flowers were pretty
interesting, if not spectacular.
Is the seed pod peculiar to D.stramonium or just the results of
ingesting the seeds?
All of the daturas have similar seed pods. Some prickly, some smooth. The
D.metel generally has a double flower and a smooth seed pod. D.inoxia,
wrightii, stramonium all have thorny pods.
Stramonium is the least showy of them all. D.wrightii has the largest flower and
as other datura bloom in cycles. After bloom, I remove all dead flowers and
infant seed pods and fertilize. They are heavy feeders in cultivation. They
suffer as much from over watering than they suffer underwatering.
http://www.nativehabitat.com/ (search for datura in their search feature) has a
great array of photos and explanations.
Here's another photo of a Datura [Stramonium] plant
[good images of leaves & seedpod at
This one is also called Jimsonweed, or Locoweed. Kids eat the seeds
to get high. . . some die. . . many are hospitalized nearly every
year in this area. [upstate NY] More stats at
It is a shame because I'd really like to plant some because it is a
very striking plant. The leaves look like oversized oak leaves of a
deep green; the flowers are huge trumpets of white; and the seed pod
is very interesting prickly affair.
The first one I saw was planted in a public garden & disappeared just
as the seed pods became ripe.
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